You've spotted the perfect residence in Milwaukee County. It has everything you want. The inspection went without a hitch. Financing is lining up. Is anything missing?
Yes, potentially ... and ignoring it could have wet (and pricey) outcomes.
How well was the chimney examined? Unless they performed a detailed rooftop inspection, a home inspector can easily overlook the warning signs of a leaky chimney: missing or misplaced flashing, broken down mortar, porous brick, a cracked crown or a missing cap. If they didn't clamber on the roof for an up-close look, chances are they passed by potential problem areas.
Similarly, as good as he or she might be, a home inspector can't really see inside your chimney. Shining a flashlight from below won't highlight cracked flue tiles, for example, or openings between tiles. Building codes for Milwaukee County require that these issues be fixed – and the longer they wait, the costlier the fix.
As a new homebuyer in Milwaukee County, you last sounds you want to hear in your new chimney are "drip, drip, drip." So, here's an answer.
For just $299, Quality Fireplace will perform a complete inspection of the chimney's exterior, and a 360-degree scan of its interior. The scan uses customized video equipment to identify any likely problems. The price includes a sweep to clean creosote buildup and remove debris blockages.
Why is this a good idea? A proactive chimney scan equips you with information to make a wise purchase decision. Ideally, no problems are found. You can proceed with confidence.
If problems are discovered, perhaps you hold the seller to fix them. Maybe you negotiate repair costs into the purchase price. The vital thing is, you know.
If a scan spots cracks or gaps, moisture might be seeping from the chimney's interior into the exterior structure. Masonry can break down, spurred by the merciless freeze-thaw cycles in Milwaukee County.
A fix doesn't have to cost thousands of dollars. A chimney liner can be installed starting at $700, depending on the number of appliances venting into it. The key is to stop deterioration of the chimney structure before it fails.
Some surprises in life are welcome. Others – such as dripping in the chimney of your new home – are decidedly not.
Call Quality Fireplace, 262-786-4411, to ensure that your new Milwaukee County dwelling's chimney is prepared for years of service, not nights of keeping you awake. Consider it an investment in keeping your Milwaukee County dream home as perfect as it seems.
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